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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

News In Brief

Iran condemns US show of support for 'rioters'
AFP, Tehran
Iran condemned the United States' support for "rioters" in a statement issued late Sunday, after two days of violent protests in the Islamic republic against a petrol price hike.
The foreign ministry said that it was reacting to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's "expression of support... for a group of rioters in some cities of Iran and condemned such support and interventionist remarks".

Palestinian newsman may lose eye after shot by Israel
AP, West Bank
Relatives of a Palestinian freelance photographer said Sunday that he has lost vision in one eye after apparently being struck by Israeli fire while covering a demonstration last week in the occupied West Bank.
Muath Amarneh's case has drawn significant attention among Palestinians and in several Arab countries, with journalists voicing solidarity by posting photos on social media with themselves wearing eye patches.

3 security forces killed in Sinai blast
AP, El-Arish, Egypt
A roadside bomb killed at least three members of Egypt's security forces in the restive northern Sinai province, security and medical officials said Sunday.
The explosion hit the forces' armored vehicle in the town of Sheikh Zuweid. Four other security force members were wounded, including an officer.

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after
massive document leak
AFP, Beijing
China on Monday vowed it would "never be soft" in its crackdown in Xinjiang, after a massive leak of government documents shed new light on the mass detention of Muslims in the far-west region.
Over 400 pages of internal papers obtained by the New York Times showed that President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with "absolutely no mercy" against separatism and extremism in Xinjiang.

'Several' killed in California backyard shooting
AFP, Los Angeles
 Several people were shot dead while watching a football game at a central California home on Sunday, police said.
Police were called to the scene after at least two people snuck into the backyard of a home in Fresno, around 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, and opened fire.